WHEN WAS IT INVENTED?
David Dando, the founder of UBX, invented the “Scaffold Intruder Alarm System” in 1989. Following extensive prototype trials the UBX (Unique Band X) microwave technology was established. The technology and methodology were granted full International Patents in 1995 and with continuous innovation it has become the world’s most advanced outdoor intruder prevention system for scaffolding.
The inventor, David Dando, proprietor of the Intellectual Property Rights and the UBX registered trademark, granted licences to his three companies, “UBX Security PLC”, a subsidiary of “UBX Holdings Ltd” in London and “UBX Security Inc. of America” in Washington, D.C. UBX Patents: see Intrusion Sensing Systems: https://patents.google.com/patent/US6127926A
WHY WAS IT INVENTED?
In 1989, following the greater use of scaffold for health and safety reasons, there was an increase in crime as intruders utilised the scaffold to break into buildings at a higher level to avoid the ground floor security. Midland Bank branches (now HSBC), clad in scaffold were suffering attacks and robberies. In 1990 the very first Scaffold Intruder Alarm System was installed to a Midland Bank by UBX, and a brand new industry sector, known as ‘Scaffold Alarms’, was created within the construction Industry. The Scaffold Alarm industry continues today throughout Europe and America, worth an estimated £45 million per year.
Scaffolding, which has been used since the 5th Century BC, was introduced by UBX to 20th Century electronic technology.
WHO REQUIRED THE INVENTION?
The new UBX Scaffold Intruder Alarm technology was initially appointed by affluent and high net worth individuals with substantial assets and personal safety to protect. For example, the properties of Baroness Thatcher, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Sir Ridley Scott, Freddie Mercury, Keith Richards and Eric Clapton, were all protected by the invention. The list also includes the “At Risk” private residences of high ranking military personnel, cabinet ministers, ambassadors and members of the judiciary. The technology was adopted by Historic Royal Palaces, Historic Buildings (National Trust and English Heritage), Government and Local Authority buildings throughout the UK.
UBX Scaffold Alarms Systems were independently trialled (2 years) and fully approved by BT, HSBC and RBS to meet their approved security specifications. In excess of 5200 bank projects and over 375 major BT projects have been successfully completed. The UBX 419 system complies to the ‘Enhanced System’ in Codes of Practice NSI NCP115 and SSAIB SS2006. However, the UBX System is augmented to meet the Banks and BT specifications.